The release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch demo was today on the PSN store and I knew I had to immediately download it. The first time I saw this game/heard anything about it was at this years E3. Here's the trailer from E3 2012 for whoever missed it. It instantly grabbed my attention. The artstyle, the colours, the imaginative world and the lively and whimsical characters were all there and it looked like a blast to play. After playing through both portions of the demo, The Deep Dark Wood and The Mountain of Fire, all my excitement for this game was completely confirmed.
The demo for this game is fucking awesome. Go DOWNLOAD IT NOW AND TRY IT OUT! The artstyle cannot be commended enough. I love it. It's just so gosh darn cute. The combat is fantastic. It's real time combat, and not turn based but when you encounter an enemy in the world, the game transitions to a battle arena (like Paper Mario for instance). It's actually kind of hard for me to explain it since I haven't played many games like this before with this kind of combat (which is a huge reason why I was intrigued by this game, I wanted to try something new).
Definitely give this demo a whirl if it intrigues you in the slightest, and even if it doesn't, try it anyways. I literally loved everything about it and it is easily one of my most anticipated games of 2013.
The only negative thing I can really think of is that fact that the demo has a time limit (I think 25 minutes). I'm kind of terrible at this game right now, so I didn't actually have enough time to beat the second boss in the Mountain of Fire level, but I managed to beat the first boss, the Guardian of the Forest in the Deep Dark Wood level. I literally just want to explore everything in the demo, but the time limit does put a constraint on the amount of wandering and exploring you get to do.
And on a side-note and not a negative perse, but Old Father Oak looks a lot like Dolan. Honestly, the resemblance is uncanny....and it's hilarious!
But seriously, just go download it now on PSN. It's fucking brilliant! :) The game is slated for release on Jan 22/2013 in North America and Jan 25th for EU and definitely deserves a purchase. You won't be disappointed (unless you absolutely despise JRPGs). Even then, you'll still love this demo.